Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Victor and Sibyl discover that their spouses ran away together?

2. What is Amanda wearing in Act II?

3. What was a gift that Amanda's admirer gave her?

4. Elyot claims to have been in love with another woman during their separation. Where is she from?

5. According to Elyot, what will fade, along with his and Amanda's passion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

2. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

3. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

4. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

5. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

6. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

7. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

8. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

9. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

10. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Private Lives" is known for sharp, witty dialogue. What role does the dialogue play in this story? How does it add to the plot, humor, and character development?

Essay Topic 2

The four main characters of this play are all from England, though the play itself is set in France. What is the purpose of setting the play in two different locations in France? Would it have changed the play to be set in a different country, including the one native to the characters?

Essay Topic 3

When Victor is questioning Amanda in Act III, she claims that she hates Elyot, though she is deeply attracted to him. Does Amanda truly hate Elyot? Can she hate him and have an attraction? How? Keep in mind how loving she and Elyot are to each other, including the fact that they make up and leave together at the end.

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